- pertaining to or resembling a crow.
- belonging or pertaining to the Corvidae, a family of birds including the crows, ravens, and jays.
Origin of corvine
1650–60; < Latin corvīnus, equivalent to corv(us) raven + -īnus -ine1
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Examples from the Web for corvine
It now behoves us to consider the smaller members of the corvine clan.Birds of the Indian Hills
Far up a hillside of poplar, a horde of crows were clamoring over some corvine scandal, perhaps.When Life Was Young
C. A. Stephens
This was, of course, an outrage on corvine society—an outrage which demanded speedy vengeance.Birds of the Plains
In the long struggle between human ingenuity and corvine sagacity, it is doubtful which has thus far obtained the upper hand.A Rambler's lease
They are chanting something that corresponds in the corvine world to our Dead March in ‘Saul.’Birds in London
W. H. Hudson
- of, relating to, or resembling a crow
- of, relating to, or belonging to the passerine bird family Corvidae, which includes the crows, raven, rook, jackdaw, magpies, and jays
C17: from Latin corvīnus raven-like, from corvus a raven